Until my little Roman escapade, I had never really shot urban facades wide angle. Sure, my go to lens (when not shooting a 35mm fixed lens) opens at 27mm which is pretty wide, but often insufficient for narrow streets or high facades. In Rome I had my 10-24mm lens (equivalent 15-36mm) and really discovered how cool that was to shoot high doors in narrow streets. This photo is an example of that.
Shelob’s Roman Abode
I always had this image of Rome being a historical center surrounded by a modern city, but last time I was there I realised that there’s a whole lot of old stone even outside the historical center. It may not be roman time stone, but it still looks fantastically cool. What first attracted me to this facade was the face, and then I saw the spider…
Rome is a marvel of old stone, and walking around on a sunny day you will find tons of interesting things for photographic material. My obsession with doors was fed, and then some. This one is one of my favourites.
Fuji xpro2, 27mm, f/11, 6,5s, ISO 200
The last time I’d been in Rome I had spotted those fountains in front of the Borghese Gallery but the light was all wrong and the photos I got weren’t very interesting. This time the light was right, and I had the tripod and ND filter. I quite like how this looks. In particular the rusted stone (is that a thing?) which I guess is fungi of some sort came out real nice. Oh and I know it’s not an imp, more likely some devil out of Dante, but Slow Imp sounded nicer.
Fuji xpro2, 27mm, f/16, 15s, ISO 200
For a long time I’ve been meaning to take a long exposure shot of the coliseum with traffic light trails in front. When I got there thanks to my friend Lori, I found that the angle I wanted to shoot from was occupied with scaffolding and a crane. So I went to the other side, and shot this. To be honest I’m not super happy with the angle, but I still think it works. Will revisit at a later date.
Slow Sea Horses
Fuji xpro2, 27mm, f/13, 12s, ISO 200
Walking around the Villa Borghese with tripod and ND filter, I realised there were more photo opportunities than I anticipated. I tried to find the right angle for the Fontana dei Cavalli Marini, with the sun behind me and was quite pleased with the results.
Fuji, x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/110s, ISO 200
The temple of Confucius in Shanghai is one of the quietest and most beautiful places I’ve visited there. It’s one of those surprising places that is very near the busy streets and yet at the same time completely cut off from the rest of the world. It was a beautiful day, a late winter afternoon, and the reflections were fantastic…
ICC at Dusk
Fuji xpro2, 105mm, f/11, 0,9s, ISO 200
If I stand on the far left of my balcony and lean out, I can see the ICC. I had to jury rig my tripod to get this shot and prevent my camera and zoom lens from falling down 22 floors, but I’m really happy with the results.
Half a Sun
Fuji xpro2, 210mm, f/11, 1/105s, ISO 200
One interesting thing about the passing of seasons is where the sun sets every night. In the fall, it’s behind the IFC (from my balcony) but in the spring it’s straight in the middle between the IFC and the ICC. This is what it looks like, tourist sampan included.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/60s, ISO 2500
In moving flats last summer, we lost some space, but we gained a pretty awesome view. The only downside is that it’s framed by two buildings larger than ours. Still, it makes for some great sunsets, and I shoot from the balcony more often than not.